Thursday, July 29, 2010

Book Review: Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin

Well, there goes lunch.

This isn't a novel, it's a healthy eating guide (that teeters on the edge of Animal Cruelty Awareness) that might have you thinking twice about picking up that bacon cheeseburger. It essentially educates you on what's really in the things we eat and the long term affects of these things. The book recommends a vegan diet (no meat, no dairy etc) and lifestyle (toothpaste made with natural ingredients and organic lotions). Before you think that it isn't worth reading, think again. There are truths to all the things you may've heard about the way animals are slaughtered** before they reach the supermarket. There are also interesting facts about the foods and beverages we think we need and the mental dependencies (addictions, uh-oh!!) that some of us have to certain foods...and WHY we have them.

My friend let me borrow this book over a year ago. I started reading it and was offended by the brash language right away. I guess I felt like I didn't need this book to tell me what I should and shouldn't be eating. I never end made it past the first curse laden chapter. But get past all the tough-love and you realize how passionate these ladies are about getting their message across. In the end, I liked the way they laid it all out for you. There are plenty of diet books that tell you "it's not your fault", "dieting is easy! just follow these 87163749 steps and you will be well on your way!". Skinny Bitch lets you know that if you gain this knowledge and continue to pollute your body, well then I guess it is your fault. They don't sugarcoat it and they don't make it seem easy as pie, but they do let you know that it is possible to change your lifestyle to be the best version of you and that, yes, you CAN do it!

**Note: Those with weak stomachs should skip through the chapters outlining the procedures of the US slaughterhouses.

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